February 14, 2022
Heather Cox Richardson
It appears there was a reason for the former president’s unhinged rant of yesterday suggesting that members of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign had spied on him and that “in a stronger period of time in our country, this crime would have been punishable by death.”Trump is likely unhappy because of a letter his accountants, the firm Mazars, sent to the Trump Organization’s chief legal officer on February 9. That letter came to light today when New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating the finances of the Trump Organization, filed new court documents to explain why she wanted to question Trump and his adult children under oath.The Mazars letter told the Trump organization that Trump’s financial statements from years ending June 2011 through June 2020 could not be relied upon to be accurate, and that it should tell anyone relying on those documents—banks, for example—that they were not reliable. It went on to say there was now a “non-waivable conflict of interest” with the Trump Organization that meant that Mazars was “not able to provide new work product” for the organization.Lawyer George Conway interpreted the letter for non-lawyers. He tweeted:“‘decision regarding the financial…statements’=they are false because you lied‘totality of the circumstances’=the D.A. is serious‘non-waivable conflict of interest’=we are now on team D.A.‘not able to provide new work product’=sorry we’re not going to jail for you”That is, it appears that Mazars is now working with James’s office. Last month, James’s office alleged that there is “significant” evidence that the Trump Organization manipulated asset valuations to obtain loans and avoid taxes. Now Trump’s accountants appear to be working with her office and have said that Trump’s past ten years of financial statements “should not be relied upon.”This will probably be a problem for the banks that have loaned money to Trump. Their officers have likely relied on the accuracy of the information Trump provided, and according to lawyer Tristan Snell, the lenders could now call in loans early or otherwise change the terms of their agreements.The Trump Organization jumped on the statements in the Mazars letter that “we have not concluded that the various financial statements, as a whole, contain material discrepancies,” and that “Mazars performed its work in accordance with professional standards” to claim that it is exonerated from any wrongdoing. “This confirmation,” it wrote, “effectively renders the investigations by the DA and AG moot.”NBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner tweeted: “Trump Org[anization] tries to spin it as a complete exoneration (& G[eorge] Orwell blushes).” Orwell was famous for identifying “doublespeak,” language that reverses the meaning of words.But while the fear of what it means for him that his accountant has dropped him might have inspired Trump’s rants about executing Hillary, the same does not hold for Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), who on Sunday’s Fox & Friends broadcast agreed with Trump that Clinton’s aides had spied on him, and implied the punishment for such alleged espionage should be death.The normalization of violence as part of the mainstream Republican Party is cause for concern.
Poor Donald, wish I could feel sorry for him.Alas, Hillary and the DNC "coup" resulted in the Democrat nominee (Hillary) Donald could beat in 2016.Often in 2016, I said at my blog that Donald and Hillary were flip sides of the same awful coin and they both should be looked up, in adjoining cells.But as for Treason, it was Donald who invited Russia to help him against Hillary in 2016, and I always felt that bordered on Treason, when I did not see Hillary at that time being friendly with Russia (Putin), which clearly preferred Donald in the White House.
Here's the "red-eyed" American law on Treason:
US CONSTITUTIONARTICLE IIISection 3.Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.
18 U.S. Code § 2381 - TreasonWhoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.
I imagined Russia (Putin) felt there was a better chance under Trump that the Magnitsky Act sanctions against prominent Russians might be lifted, than if Hillary were president, even though President Obama, Hillary and John Kerry had opposed passage of Magnitsky by Congress until Congress threatened not to normalize US business relations with Russia.The webs we weave ...
Back toward the future, what else but treason could the January 6, 2021 invasion of the U.S. Capitol at the behest of poor Donald be?